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My 19-year old daughter claims she is ADD all of a sudden. She has started seeing a psychiatrist at school who prescribed Adderall, as well as Lexapro. I can see that she has had problems with depression but the rest is bull, in my opinion.

She started by taking an Adderall pill that she got from other students when she needed to study for finals. They helped her concentrate and get a lot done.

Now she claims she needs it all the time. She showed me some of the papers that the psych. wanted her to fill out. One of them was a paper for her mother (me) to fill out about how she was when she was between 6-10 years old. My daughter had already filled it out and forged my signature. She just wanted to see if I agreed with what she had put. Well, I didn't agree with any of the symptoms she had checked. I have never noticed anything ADD in her. When she was that age, she had perfect attendance at school year after year and she has never had anything less than an A all her life. I never noticed her being distracted in any way.

She attended very unchallenging rural schools all her life so she has been bored. My brother was ADD and he had lots of problems at school. Daughter is nothing like that.

Can a psychiatrist be fooled this easily? Do you think my daughter could be getting the Adderall prescription just to make money selling the pills to others? I'm beginning to wonder and worry.
[QUOTE=Dixie Chick]My 19-year old daughter claims she is ADD all of a sudden. She has started seeing a psychiatrist at school who prescribed Adderall, as well as Lexapro. I can see that she has had problems with depression but the rest is bull, in my opinion.

She started by taking an Adderall pill that she got from other students when she needed to study for finals. They helped her concentrate and get a lot done.

Now she claims she needs it all the time. She showed me some of the papers that the psych. wanted her to fill out. One of them was a paper for her mother (me) to fill out about how she was when she was between 6-10 years old. My daughter had already filled it out and forged my signature. She just wanted to see if I agreed with what she had put. Well, I didn't agree with any of the symptoms she had checked. I have never noticed anything ADD in her. When she was that age, she had perfect attendance at school year after year and she has never had anything less than an A all her life. I never noticed her being distracted in any way.

She attended very unchallenging rural schools all her life so she has been bored. My brother was ADD and he had lots of problems at school. Daughter is nothing like that.

Can a psychiatrist be fooled this easily? Do you think my daughter could be getting the Adderall prescription just to make money selling the pills to others? I'm beginning to wonder and worry.[/QUOTE]

It's VERY possible that she has AD/HD that has gone unnoticed until now, especially since you said your brother has it. AD/HD is genetic, and just because she did well in school doesn't mean she doesn't have it. Many people that have AD/HD do well in school, and there are also different severities of the disorder as well. It's very possible your brother may have a severe case and she does not.

Since AD/HD runs in your biological family and she also exhibits symptoms of depression then there is even a greater chance of her having it. Her depression may be indirectly related to her AD/HD.

What would lead you to the conclusion of her obtaining a prescription in order to "sell it"? Does she have a history of this type of behavior?

If not, it sounds like you may have denial about the disorder or that you have some type of anger towards the disorder. If true, is it possible that the reason she filled it out for you is because she knew your responses may be biased?





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